Marsden To Moss Moor Edge, The Pennine Way & The Rapes Highway
The Marsden Moor walk started at Marsden railway station and followed the road to the Tunnel End Inn, now (temporarily?) closed. Facing the front of the Tunnel End Inn walk to the right and around the rear of the building. The path goes up through fields to a few houses. Go between the first two and immediately right to a lane.
Follow the lane to the houses at Berry Greave and keep left at the fork. Where the lane finishes keep on the track below Great Edge. the path eventually drops down to a lane and a house at Lower Green Owlers. Pass the house and turn left at the fork. Just before farm buildings cross a stile on the left. This path at Hatter Lee soon reaches a stone footbridge which leads to the March Haig Reservoir. However just before the footbridge, turn right heading uphill to a stile.
Cross the stile and head uphill on a very faint path. The almost indistinguishable path crosses the rough grass in a North Westerly direction to Buckstones Rocks. Buckstones House on the A640 Huddersfield Road is always visible and is the point to aim for. Cross the road and keep to the right of a property opposite. Head North through the peat bogs until a fence is reached. Turn left at the fence and follow it heading West, South West and then South East to meet the Pennine Way.
Follow the Pennine Way uphill, then downhill back to the A640 Huddersfield Road. Cross the road to the information board at Haigh Gutter. Take the left path signposted to Marsden, the right hand path is the continuation of the Pennine Way. This path is the old pack horse route ‘Rapes Highway’ and is part of the Newhey to Marsden ‘Station To Station Walk’. The track heads downhill all the way to Eastergate Bridge.
Cross the bridge and follow the stream to Hey Green and Waters Road back past the Tunnel Head Inn and the starting point at Marsden railway station.
The section from Buckstones House to the Pennine Way is through peat bogs and boggy moorland. In wet weather this will be a swampland and an alternative would be to follow the A640 down to where the Pennine Way crosses at Haigh Gutter, then on to Marsden. The full route is 8½ miles and due to the rough terrain took just over 4 hours. The alternative route is 6 miles and should take around 2 hours 45 minutes.